Folkekirken i krise: The Danish State Church in Crisis

Rikke Berg Christensen, Kasper Hunnicke Jensen, Mille Natalie Gregersen, Alexander Ekstrand, Niklas T. Brodersen, Ann Helene Kristensen & Josephine Grønlund Sandal

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The project at hand deals with the Danish National Church and the nature of the crisis which surrounds the institution. The lack of support of the institution by the Danish citizens is portrayed as the main issue, and therefore, it was the prime focus of project. To highlight the crisis of the National Church we first looked upon the sociological tendencies of the modern society, which we based on the theories of Anthony Giddens, Ulrich Beck and Milton Yinger. We then used those theories in relation with our statistics, to see what impact reflectivism, individualism and the lack of tradition in the late modern world had on the support of the church. Next, we asserted the art of political science in the project by looking at whether or not the church could legalize its workings in the Danish society. We thus concluded that the citizens of the late modern society have become more reflective, which ultimately allows them to question tradition, and therefore, question the works of the National Church. Likewise, we found that an institution of the late modern world cannot, as the church attempts, legitimize itself solemnly on the basis of tradition and history. Despite this, the church still has a place in Danish society since Denmark has a lot historic Christian virtues, yet its status and size is decreasing every day. Following, we found that the works of the institution, for the majority of Danes, is limited to the transition rituals such as weddings. It should be noted that alternatives to those rituals are on the rise. To sum up, the crisis in the church can be seen as one of the many consequence caused by the character of late modern society.

UddannelserBasis - Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato14 jan. 2012
VejlederePeter Mølgaard


  • Krise
  • Folkekirke